Hertfordshire '17

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Local dignitaries, sponsors and young people are YOPEY's judges

Below you can read about the sponsors of this YOPEY and some of our dignitary judges.

However these are not all the judges. Every YOPEY since 2006 has been judged by young people as well as 'great and good'. These Youth Judges' opinions and votes are as valid as the adults. The youngest judge's vote is worth the same as the vote of a representative of the Queen!

YOPEY's aim is to have as many Youth Judges on every YOPEY as dignitaries and sponsors. If you are aged from 10-25 and would like to be a Youth Judge, please contact us via our Contact Us form, telling us a little bit about yourself and why you would make a good Youth Judge.

The dignitary judges tend to include a representative of the Queen*, a senior clergy from any religion, a top police officer, the local MP and councillors as well as representatives of the businesses and other organisations sponsoring this YOPEY. We are very grateful for their support.

We ask the dignitaries and sponsors to provide photographs of themselves as young people – as well as today – to show they were young once!

* The Queen is represented by the Lord Lieutenant of the county in which the YOPEY is held or the Vice Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant. The High Sheriff, who also represents the Queen in legal matters, can also judge.


Deb is Johnson Matthey's judge

Deb McGarrity is the Site and Community Liaison Officer for Johnson Matthey Plc. The Royston site is the company's largest operation and also its corporate headquarters. This year the Company celebrates its 200-year anniversary

Deb's current job role includes dealing with local community projects, charity events and donations, connecting with schools and also helping to forge links with other businesses in the area.

Although Deb was born, grew up and attended schools in Royston, she spent over 20 years living and working in the Bristol area

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Sponsors explain why they support YOPEY?

Moor Park Chief Executive David Cook said “We are delighted to be hosting the YOPEYs for the third time at Moor Park Mansion. 

“The team here are constantly impressed with the work that Yopey does to support the local young unsung heroes.  The night always proves to be an uplifting event that is celebrating the closing gap between generations.”

Affinity Water Chief Executive Officer Simon Cocks said: “Hertfordshire YOPEY is a long standing initiative that has inspired many

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Mitsubishi Electric


Mitsubishi Electric’s aim is to help households, businesses and industry reduce carbon emissions in the built environment by delivering advanced products that are designed to help meet the need for energy efficient comfort in buildings, both now and into the future.

The company’s operations in the UK began more than 35 years ago and it now operates from eight locations in the UK with its headquarters

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Affinity Water


At Affinity Water we are proud of the talented people that build their careers with us and work in our teams. Investing in young people and creating opportunities for them is crucial to us delivering a successful and sustainable future for our organisation as well as continuing to provide local careers for local people in the communities we serve.

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Moor Park Mansion


The Mansion is set amidst 300 acres of mature woodland and finest Hertfordshire parkland and features two championship golf courses. This magnificent building is an awe-inspiring venue for any occasion. Whether it is for business or pleasure, the mansion provides an impressive venue and will exceed expectation.
From conferences and training courses, client meetings and corporate golf events to celebrating special birthdays, family parties or the elegant setting for your...
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Johnson Matthey


Johnson Matthey is a leader in sustainable technologies. Many of the group’s products enhance the quality of life of millions through their beneficial impact on the environment, human health and wellbeing.

What we do? We focus on clean air, clean energy and low-carbon technologies and are experts in the application and recycling of precious metals.

Johnson Matthey has operations in over 30 countries and employs around 12,000 people. Our products and services are sold

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